Page 683-684, transcribed by Carolyn Ward from History of Butler County, Kansas by Vol. P. Mooney. Standard Publishing Company, Lawrence, Kan.: 1916. ill.; 894 pgs.


W. A. McCullough, a pioneer in the threshing industry of Butler county, and a leading farmer and stockman of Logan township, is a native of Indiana. He was born in Newton county, that State, in 1858, and is a son of G. L. and Matilda (Garded) McCullough, both natives of Indiana, the father having been born in Union county in 1833. The McCullough family came to Kansas in the fall of 1877, and located in Butler county. The father now resides at Leon. G. L. and Matilda (Garded) McCullough are the parents of the following children: W. A.. the subject of this sketch: S. J. Derby, Kans.: H. L., lives in Oregon; Mrs. Nannie Heddey, El Dorado, Kans.; Mrs. Effie Allen, La-


tham, Kans.; Mrs. Alta Hubbard, Leon, Kans.; Mrs. Flora Larrick, Leon, Kans.; Bert, El Dorado, Kans.; James E., the eldest, was killed in a mine in Arkansas; and Laura A. McCullough, died about twenty years ago.

W. A. McCullough came to Butler county in 1877. He operated the first steam thresher in this county. It was not of the tractor type of engine, but had to be hauled from one farm to the other by oxen. In connection with his threshing operation, he carried on farming and stock raising, and, for a time, handled sheep, extensively, and perhaps understands the sheep business better than any other man in Butler county, but, he says, with all of his experience with sheep, the most interesting feature was to make both ends meet, when wool was five cents a pound.

Mr. McCullough was married, in 1879, to Miss Lucy J. Grove, a daughter of W. and Sarah (Hodson) Grove of Butler county. To Mr. and Mrs. McCullough have been born the following children: Mrs. Elma May Arnold, Leon, Kans.; Mrs. Elsie Arnold, Latham, Kans.; Mrs. Cora Bertchsinger, Wichita, Kans.; S. E. McCullough, Leon, Kans.; Mrs. Sarah L. Woodard, Bristol, Colo., and Lucy McCullough, Leon, Kans. In referring to the days when prices were low and money scarce, Mr. McCullough said, "I have hauled stove wood to Wichita, and also wheat, and sold the latter at thirty-five cents per bushel."

Mr. McCullough is a Democrat and has taken an active part in local politics. He has served as trustee of Logan township for five years, and has also been township clerk.

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